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13 Fascinating Facts About Me:
1. I have been an athlete all of my life. In high school I played volleyball, tennis, and I was on the dance team. I could have played volleyball or tennis at a small college, but I was very career driven and gave them up.
2. Despite growing up in Iowa, my dad was raised in Omaha and I grew up a HUGE Nebraska Cornhuskers fan. GBR!
3. If it weren’t for the cost of school, I would have stayed much longer and obtained a second degree in mathematics and added minors in history and broadcast journalism. Instead, I graduated in 3.5 years, while working 2 jobs throughout my college career.
4. My favorite form of working out is a class called TurboKick which I consider to be a cross between kickboxing and dance. I even made up my own TurboKick routine in my spare time.
5. I am ALWAYS cold. If you were to walk into the news studio on any given day there’s a 75% chance I would be covered in a blanket and still have a jacket on.
6. Despite the cold, I recently discovered my love for snowshoeing in the mountains. I find the adventure of climbing up and down the snow to get to a certain view to be absolutely incredible.
7. I have a wide range in musical taste. I have everything from country and christian contemporary to dubstep and alternative rock as well as much more all within one playlist.
8.I loved swimming so much as a child that I used to have a special breathing technique because I could hold my breath longer than anybody else. My senior year of high school I got bronchitis and have never been able to breath the same again.
9. I had a golden retriever named Jade while growing up. She was my best friend for almost 10 years and the most loyal canine I have ever met. I now have a weakness for any golden retriever that I see.
10. Thanks to help of Pinterest, cooking is now one of my favorite hobbies. I can make a mean pink champagne cupcake, even ask my coworkers.
11. Even in my 20s I still go through weird food phases. In 2015 I ate brown sugar oatmeal with two scoops of crunch peanut butter in it every day for five months.
12. There are a handful of movies I can watch over and over again without ever being tired of them. Bridesmaids, Burlesque, Taken, Red Dawn, Footloose, and Soul Surfer are just a few.
13. I used to dislike beer with all of my being but have developed a taste for it over the past couple years, in fact I am loving all of the breweries that Des Moines has to offer. Any suggestions?

Meteorologist Amber Alexander joined the Channel 13 First Alert Storm Team in December 2015. Before WHO, Amber worked at KNOP in North Platte, Nebraska where she was as a meteorologist and reporter.
Amber earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology/Climatology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a proud Husker. While at Nebraska she served as the secretary of the American Meteorological Society, Activities Director for the Nebraska Storm Chase Team and worked as an intern at the state climate office for two years. Amber first got her on-air experience by broadcasting for UNL’s student run newscast, Star City News. She was also an intern for KETV in Omaha, NE.
Amber has always loved storms, but discovered her new passion for meteorology while simply studying the material in the sixth grade. It was then that she decided she wanted to be a meteorologist.
Since she grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Amber is very happy to be back in Iowa and closer to her family. Although she is not a fan of the cold winters, Amber is excited to be in an area that has all types of weather conditions. However, she is most fascinated by severe weather. During her time at Nebraska she loved to storm chase. She even caught her first tornado in Solomon, KS on her first ever storm chase trip with fellow students in April 2012.
Amber is looking forward to growing in her forecast abilities and providing the best weather report she can for Central Iowa.

Recent Articles
  • Strong Storms Expected Early Monday, More Tuesday

    IOWA — Nearly all of central Iowa is under a slight risk for severe weather on Monday, but while Iowa usually sees severe weather in the afternoon and evening, this line of storms will arrive before sunrise. A complex of storms forming over Nebraska will arrive in Iowa overnight. These are expected to arrive along the western border between midnight and 2 AM. Large hail and damaging wind will be the main threats with this storm, but these systems occasionally produce […]

  • Radar Tells the Story of Fatal Adair County Tornado

    ADAIR COUNTY, Iowa  — This morning’s EF-2 Tornado near Adair was a very small storm within a very large low pressure system. The line that produced the tornado actually started back in northeast Kanas, where it didn’t become severe until it moved into NW Missouri. That was when the first Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued. The storm eventually pushed into southern Iowa where the first warning came around 11:35 PM for Page County. A Tornado Warning was also issued for Page […]

  • Severe Weather Threat Diminishing, Flooding Still Possible

    IOWA — Highs warmed into the upper 70s and low 80s Saturday, but all the thunderstorm activity to the south has diminished Iowa’s chances for severe weather. While heavy rain may still lead to some flash flooding Saturday night and prolonged flooding along the rivers, hail size will be half dollar or smaller, with some strong wind gusts. The heaviest rain is expected in central Iowa before 7 PM with weaker thunderstorms during the overnight. Another round of weak thunderstorms are […]

  • Late Morning Sun, Afternoon Severe Weather Expected

    IOWA — After a cloudy night and even stormy night for some, the late morning will be dry and steamy as cloud cover begins to break up. The sunshine will boost highs close to 80 this afternoon and also give the atmosphere a little more energy. Strong to severe storms are expected to develop around 2-3 PM. While the better chance for tornadoes and significant hail will be over Arkansas and Texas, there is still a risk for tornadoes, wind, […]

  • Strong Storms a Possibility Tonight, Tomorrow, Saturday

    The state of Iowa will be in a very active pattern over the next 7 days with many chances for heavy rain, hail, and strong winds. The first chance of storms will be tonight. TONIGHT: A horizontal line of storms will form near I-80 after 9 PM and before midnight. The warm evening temps and strong low-level wind out of the south/ southwest will give the atmosphere energy to produce storms, some strong to severe. Large hail and wind gusts […]

  • State Blanketed by Wet Weather; Storms Possible in Southeast Iowa

    Steady rain is expected all throughout Wednesday. Rain totals will range from 1-2″ with isolated higher amounts in southern Iowa where there is a better chance for thunderstorms. One positive point about the steady rain is that flash flooding (a rapid rise in water) is unlikely. However, our already swollen rivers may swell a bit more, causing some minor flooding as the rain will continue to add to them. As always, do not cross a road that is covered by […]

  • More Flooding Possible in Davenport with Heavy Rain Forecast Next Week

    Heavy rain in the southeast part of Iowa caused an already full Mississippi River to spill over into Davenport, Iowa yesterday. A temporary levee was put in place to hold back the water for as long as possible, but the 1-2″ of rainfall along the Mississippi proved to be too much. These are some of the 48 hour rainfall totals measured in eastern and southeastern Iowa: Mount Pleasant: 1.76″ Quad Cities 1.70″ Fairfield 1.58″ Washington 1.41″ Burlington 1.38″ Clinton 1.33″ […]

  • Severe Weather Including Hail and Strong Winds Possible Wednesday

    Today is Iowa’s first risk for severe weather of the season, and while it’s always good to be prepared, you shouldn’t be alarmed. Morning showers and thunderstorms will be limited to the area along the warm front in far northern Iowa. There has been some clearing over parts of central and southern Iowa, but there are still quite a few clouds that may prevent more strong to severe storms from forming. The cold front is  dragging back behind into Nebraska […]

  • Scattered Rain Showers Ahead for Wednesday Afternoon, More Rain, Warmth During the Weekend

    Today is starting off dry as a cold front sits off to the south, dropping rain across Nebraska and parts of Kansas and Missouri. This rain will slowly shift north into Iowa throughout the day. While the morning will be mainly dry, the afternoon we will see scattered rain showers, especially across the NW quarter of the state (N of I-80 and W of I-35). This is where up to .75″ of rain is possible while the rest of the […]

  • Light Snow Expected After Thursday’s Morning Commute

    There’s another chance for snow is in the forecast, but if you’re tired of the snow, it looks to be our only chance of the week! Light snow will move in just after the morning commute Thursday for the metro, but it may impact the morning drive for those in SW Iowa. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of central Iowa from Midnight until 6 PM on Thursday. Most of the snow will fall during the late […]

  • Blizzard Making Travel Impossible in Parts of Iowa

    IOWA — A Blizzard Warning is in effect for much of the western half of the state until 6 PM on Sunday. Heavy snow and strong wind are making it near impossible to see on Iowa roads in the western half of the state. This will be the case for several hours as a blizzard continues to move through the state. Visibility will be less than a quarter mile for several hours in some of these area within the Blizzard Warning. […]

  • Two Waves bring Freezing Rain and Blizzard Conditions to the Weekend

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A couple different waves of winter weather will bring tough travel conditions throughout the weekend. The first wave will be Friday evening into Saturday morning with icy roads possible due to freezing rain. The second wave will bring rain Saturday afternoon and heavy snow Saturday evening into Sunday morning. Weather Headlines: Winter Weather Advisory for I-80 to Hwy 20 through Saturday morning Winter Storm Watch for Central and Western Iowa Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Forecast: Light […]

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